Coal workers to go on strike on September 24 over FDI in

first_imgKolkata: Five federations representing over half-a-million workers of Coal India Ltd, along with Singareni Collieries Company Ltd and state-owned coal firms, have called for a strike on September 24, seeking withdrawal of the Centre’s decision to allow 100 per cent FDI in mining. In a fresh round of FDI reforms, the Union government has allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in coal mining and contract manufacturing, as part of its efforts to boost economic growth. Major central trade unions, including INTUC, AITUC, CITU, HMS and AICCTU, are supporting the strike. “Except Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh (BMS) under the BJP, all trade unions have joined the strike call on September 24,” D D Ramanandan, the general secretary of All India Coal Workers Federation, said.last_img read more

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Kenneys premiership poses challenges opportunity for Trudeau Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA — Attention is now turning to how Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta could impact the fall federal election.Political observers say Kenney, an outspoken and articulate former Stephen Harper cabinet minister, creates threats and opportunities for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer ahead of the fall campaign.Kenney has made it clear he plans to fiercely challenge Trudeau on issues including the carbon tax and equalization payments, and so far has pummelled the Liberals on the former, says former federal Conservative cabinet minister Stockwell Day.Day says the premier-designate is also poised to be a national voice defending areas of provincial jurisdiction.Abacus Data chief executive David Coletto says Kenney intends to be a thorn in the prime minister’s side, but that could give Trudeau an opening to convince voters it is necessary to elect a federal government to act as a counterpoint to Conservative politicians across the country.But Kenney has also picked on issues that could be difficult for Scheer to navigate on a national stage, says University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley, including demands to change the equalization formula that most federal politicians avoid discussing,The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Champagne Taittinger and the Screen Actors Guild Awards Announce New Initiative to

first_imgThe SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the Screen Actors Guild Awards today announced Champagne Taittinger is sponsoring a new initiative that will raise additional funds for the Foundation’s critical Emergency Assistance program, which supports actors and their families in times of urgent need.This initiative is an expansion of the support Champagne Taittinger provides to the Foundation to fund all of its programs, a partnership which celebrates its 17th year in 2017.As part of this commitment, Champagne Taittinger and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation will ask every nominee for the 23rd Annual SAG Awards to autograph a Methuselah bottle of Champagne Taittinger they will pass as they enter the Showroom to attend the ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. For every signature, Champagne Taittinger will make a further donation to the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program. In addition, the unique celebrity-signed bottle will be made available as an item in the online SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, with those proceeds also benefiting the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program.In what is now a long-standing tradition, that famous SAG Awards red carpet will officially open with a toast from Vitalie Taittinger, daughter of the current champagne house’s president Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger.“Champagne Taittinger is thrilled to continue to build and strengthen our partnership with the SAG Awards and the SAG-AFTRA Foundation by supporting such an important cause,” says Vitalie Taittinger, who serves as Vice President of marketing and communication for the brand. “We are honored to give back to the talented and growing community of actors that the Foundation advocates for.”During times of crisis, the Foundation’s Emergency Assistance program provides financial assistance to eligible SAG-AFTRA members and their families for basic expenses, including but not limited to rent, utilities and car insurance. This program is 100 percent confidential and made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships. In 2016, the Foundation granted $400,000 in emergency assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and families in need.“Not only does Champagne Taittinger care about the arts, it also cares about the artists and the families who make up this industry,” says JoBeth Williams, President of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “It’s extremely difficult to make a steady living as a working actor, and this new initiative and support from Champagne Taittinger exemplifies their deep commitment to actors and performers, not just in the good times, but also during times of real struggle. We could not be more grateful for their support and look forward to continuing our 17-year partnership for many years to come.”Since 1985, the Foundation has granted more than $18 million in financial and medical assistance to SAG-AFTRA members and their families.The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationwide on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).last_img read more

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NDP MP calls for Conservative Senator to resign after residential school comments

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsNDP MP Romeo Saganash is calling on Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak to resign after comments she made about residential schools.Saganash, the Member of Parliament for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, and a residential school survivor.On Wednesday night, Beyak stood in the Senate chamber and told her colleagues that the media was only reporting on the bad news stories coming from the residential school issue and not the good that some people did.afrancis@aptn.calast_img read more

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Chennai Magistrate begins probe on Lankans death

Judicial Magistrate, P Vidhya, visited family members and recorded their statements. She also visited the morgue at Government Royapettah Hospital where the body of the deceased was kept and examined the body and recording any injuries on the body. Ahead of the judge’s arrival at Royapettah morgue, members of VCK and MDMK staged a protest. The protesters were pacified by the cops and dispersed allowing the inquiry of the Judicial Magistrate to be done without hindrance.Sumitra, sister-in-law of the deceased, said that the deceased was living in the city for about 15 years. His first wife is in Sri Lanka and the family is planning to bury the body here at the Krishnampet burial ground. (Colombo Gazette) Chennai Judicial Magistrate, Alandur, P Vidhya, began investigation into a Sri Lankan Tamil person’s death from injuries allegedly sustained while in custody with the Chennai city police, the New Indian Express reported.Various political outfits including VCK and MDMK have demanded that the police inspector be booked under murder charges. On Friday, K Mohan, (45), a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee and resident of Ram Garden, Medavakkam, died in a private hospital after custodial interrogation at the Pallikaranai police station. Mohan was initially arrested by a team from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) and later handed over to Pallikaranai Police. A case of custodial death was registered by Pallikaranai police requiring a judicial probe as mandated by Criminal Procedure Code. Advocate Jayavel who was representing the family of the deceased told Express that the entire process of the post-mortem was being videographed.Meanwhile, a section of pro-Tamil outfits attempted to storm the Pallikaranai police station seeking action against the cops responsible for the death. read more

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MR accuses Government of halting development

He also accused the Government of placing the country in the throes of an unprecedented crisis due to economic mismanagement. Rajapaksa also said that Lanka Hospitals, Hilton Hotel, Waters Edge, Grand Oriental Hotel and Mobitel are profitable enterprises that contribute to the non-tax revenue of the Government should not be sold off.“I also cannot agree to the proposal to allow land to be given on long leases to foreigners without the taxes introduced by my Government. The last time the UNP government liberalised land ownership, the Galle Fort and a good part of the Southern coastline passed out of Sri Lankan hands. This kind of policy may bring in some foreign exchange in the short term, but will have serious long term implications,” he added. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says since the change of Government, there has been a palpable downturn in the economy and work on many development projects have halted.Speaking at the Abhayarama Temple in Narahenpita Rajapaksa said that not a single new development project has been initiated since January this year. “The new Government’s first fully fledged budget for the year 2016 comes in such a context. This budget seeks to make certain radical changes which raise serious concerns. Foremost among the budget proposals that I am unable to agree with is the sweeping programme of privatisation. Strategic government owned entities such as the Norochchcolai power plant, the hydro electricity plants, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, operations of the Hambantota and Colombo ports, the Katunayake and Mattala Airports the Water Supply and Drainage Board and all such bodies are to be brought under one public quoted company, the shares of which will be sold to investors on the stock market and this mega company is to operate as a profit making business. I believe that public utilities like water, electricity, transport and fuel supply should not be run as profit making businesses, but as services to the people. Charges for these services should be fixed with the wellbeing of the public in mind. Therefore I am opposed to the privatisation of these strategic government owned entities,” he said. Rajapaksa says the approach of the budget is not consistent with the ideology of the SLFP even though the SLFP is supposed to be a partner in the Government.The former President says despite an attempt to create an impression of a populist budget with reductions in the price of gas and several foodstuffs and lower income tax rates, the budget as a whole is guaranteed to drag the country backwards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Government has no objections to Eluga Tamil rally

He said that if others, including the opposition can hold a rally in Colombo then there is nothing wrong in anyone holding a rally in the North and East. “There is no need to worry about that,” the Minister told journalists today. The Government says it has no objections to the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally held in Batticaloa last Friday.Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the freedom given to hold the rally shows the freedom the public enjoy in the country. Several Tamil politicians, including those from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) took part in the rally.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran also took part in the rally and addressed the participants later. (Colombo Gazette) The Minister said that today people from the North have the freedom to stage a rally in the South and those from the South can hold a rally in the North.Large crowds gathered at the ‘Eluga Tamil’ rally in Batticaloa on Friday which was staged to draw attention to the issues faced by the Tamils. read more

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Make Sunday an important celebration of democracy UN chief urges voters in

The UN Stabilization Mission in the country, MINUSMA, has been busy providing logistical support to the Government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, especially in the restive north and centre, where an alliance of militant Islamists and Tuareg rebels have been launching attacks with increasing frequency and ferocity against government troops and UN peacekeepers.When the current President was elected in 2013, his administration replaced a transitional government which had wrested back control – with international support – of the outlying regions following a failed coup, that saw the iconic and ancient city of Timbuktu occupied by militants. Dozens of UN peacekeepers have made the ultimate sacrifice defending Mali’s fragile recovery in recent years.In a statement issued by his Deputy Spokesperson on Saturday in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres, said that he was “closely following developments” this weekend.Maintain the peaceful course, thereby ensuring that Sunday’s elections serve as an important celebration of democracy – UN chief Guterres“On the eve of these polls, which are important for peace and reconciliation in Mali, the Secretary-General is encouraged by the overall peaceful climate that has characterized the electoral campaign to date, despite continued security challenges in the north and center of the country”, said the statement.Mr. Guterres – who made a landmark visit to the country two months ago – called on “all Malians to maintain the peaceful course, thereby ensuring that Sunday’s elections serve as an important celebration of democracy.”He urged all of the candidates and other political actors “to commit to making this poll a peaceful, free and transparent process, and to resolve any possible dispute through the appropriate institutions in accordance with the law.”On Friday, the head of MINUSMA, Mahamat Saleh Annadif told the mission’s Radio Mikado that although tensions are high and the threat of attacks persist, the result had to be respected if democratic rule was to be viewed as “irreversible”.The mission has been providing transportation to candidates, training and support for officials involved in the democratic process, and distributed 200 tonnes of electoral material, mainly to remote areas where the political process is most vulnerable to abuse, and voters are most likely to feel intimidated going to the polls.“The Secretary-General stresses that peace and reconciliation for all Malian citizens must prevail, irrespective of the electoral outcome” said the statement, reiterating the UN’s commitment overall, to keep supporting the electoral process in the weeks and months ahead. read more

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Be Wary Of These Overachievers When Filling Out Your Bracket

Largely disregarded going into the season, Northern Iowa and Butler have put together great years. Butler, unranked nationally and picked to finish seventh in the 10-team Big East back in October, placed second in the conference and finished 22nd in both the AP and Coaches’ polls. Northern Iowa exceeded expectations by an even greater margin, finishing 12th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings (with a gaudy 30-3 record) despite being pegged for 74th in the preseason.Looking ahead to the NCAA tournament, the way both teams are seeded makes them favored to win at least one tournament game, with a puncher’s chance at even more.Great story, right? Well, sure, but our research has shown that even after a stellar season, it’s hard for such teams to completely shake off their humble beginnings. While a team’s statistical power rating will tend to stabilize late in the season, the residue of preseason expectations seems to have a lingering effect.To illustrate, I compiled pre-tourney Simple Rating System (SRS) grades for every NCAA tournament-bound team since the dawn of the 64-team-bracket era in 1985. I also crafted preseason projected SRS scores for each school using a weighted, regressed-to-the-mean average of its SRS ratings over the preceding two seasons.1For the curious: I gave a weight of 67 percent to the previous year’s score, 22 percent to the team’s score for the year before that, and 11 percent to the NCAA-average SRS score of zero. When attempting to predict the outcome of a given NCAA tournament game, the difference between a team’s seasonal SRS rating and that of its opponent clearly carries the greatest weight. But the difference between the teams’ preseason SRS projections can also alter a team’s probability of winning a tournament game by as many as 5 percentage points.This dynamic even extends to highly ranked teams such as Maryland, who finished 8th in the final AP poll after beginning the year unranked. Teams of that ilk have historically won about 25 percent fewer NCAA tournament games than they ought to have, given where they were seeded. And our model says the Terrapins are on the same track; while No. 4 seeds traditionally win about 1.5 games per tournament, our model projects an average of just 1.2 wins for Maryland in this year’s tournament.So, including Northern Iowa, Butler and Maryland, who are this year’s overachievers to be wary of? Here are this year’s teams, ranked by whose preseason rating differed the most from the non-preseason components of their overall FiveThirtyEight power rating:Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

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FMG to transition to owner mining at Christmas Creek

first_imgFortescue Metals Group (FMG) will transition to a full owner operator model at its Christmas Creek mining operations. This change will take full effect from the completion of the current mining services contract with Downer EDI Limited (Downer) which ends on 30 September 2016.A comprehensive change management plan has been developed which will allow for the safe and orderly changeover of operations. Production from Christmas Creek is not expected to be impacted during the transition.Chief Executive Officer Nev Power thanked Downer for its significant contribution to Fortescue’s successful operations at the Christmas Creek mine.“The Downer team has been involved with mining at Christmas Creek since the outset and has played an important role in Fortescue’s development of our worldclass facilities in the Chichester Hub,” Power said.“Adoption of an owner operator model will further reduce Fortescue’s costs through ongoing improvement of the efficiency and productivity of our Christmas Creek mining operations”.Power said “Our clear focus remains on safety, production and costs. Our ability to generate strong earnings and cash flow will enable further improvement in our balance sheet and return to our shareholders.”The Chichester Hub in the Chichester ranges, comprising of the Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines, has an annual production capacity in excess of 90 Mt/y from three Ore Processing Facilities (OPFs).last_img read more

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Paris facing biggest strike in over a decade as metro workers walk

first_img Fri 12:00 PM 17 Comments Ten of 16 lines are not running during the strike action. Short URL Image: Bertrand Combaldieu PARIS METRO AND public transport workers have downed tools and walked out today in a dispute over a planned pension overhaul. It has brought many parts of the city to a standstill, causing huge traffic jams and forcing many to stay home for the day. Ten of the city’s 16 metro lines were shut down completely, while service on most others was “extremely disrupted” the RATP transit operator said. Massive crowds waited on the platforms of the few lines still working and officials reported some 200km of traffic backups during the morning rush hour, twice the length of normal levels. The city’s burgeoning cycle lane system was seeing a surge in traffic as people pulled out bikes to get to work.Two of the three main suburban lines traversing the city were also severely disrupted, as were most bus and tram services.Die Sokhanadu, 25, was stuck at a station on line 12 on his way to work on restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral in the heart of the city.“If the metro doesn’t start running, I’m going to have to head home,” he told AFP.Others worried about their evening commutes, with the RATP warning that only lines 1 and 14 – the only two which function autonomously, without drivers – would be operating after 8pm.The RATP warned commuters on Thursday to try and find travel alternatives and said it was financing free 30-minute rides on the Cityscoot network of electric mopeds.US ride-hailing giant Uber is also hoping to seize the moment with two free 15-minute rides offered on the Jump electric bikes and scooters it has deployed in Paris.The strike is the first major action against President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to implement a “universal” pension system that would do away with dozens of separate schemes for different professions.Metro workers and other critics say it would force them to work longer by removing their long-held rights to early retirement, secured decades ago to compensate for arduous work often involving long hours underground.France’s state auditor, the Cour des Comptes, says the average retirement age for RATP workers in 2017 was 55.7, compared with 63 years for most French workers.The three main RATP labour unions have called the strike “a shot across the bow” against the overhaul, the latest element in Macron’s push to bolster France’s economy and finances with a wide-ranging reform plan.Shaping upIt is shaping up to be the biggest metro strike since 2007, when former president Nicolas Sarkozy pushed through a pension reform that delayed the retirement age for most public workers.During his 2017 presidential campaign, Macron pledged not to touch the current earliest legal retirement age of 62 for most workers.But Jean-Paul Delevoye, who is leading the reform project, has suggested a points system that would effectively wipe out the more advantageous pensions for a wide range of professions, including those for sailors, notaries and even Paris Opera workers.More controversially, Delevoye has also proposed making a full pension available only from 64 — people who retire earlier would have to accept a lower pension: 5% less for someone who stops working at 63, for example.“We’re going to construct a truly universal system where every euro paid in will provide the same rights for everyone, whether a labourer, a shop owner, a researcher, a farmer, a civil servant, a doctor or an entrepreneur,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in a speech Thursday.Consultations are currently being held with labour unions and the government wants parliament to vote on the project early next year.The government is likely to face further opposition to its plans in coming weeks, with lawyers, airline pilots and stewards, and medical workers already calling a strike for Monday. Friday 13 Sep 2019, 12:00 PM Ten of 16 lines are not running during the strike action. Image: Bertrand Combaldieucenter_img 10,973 Views Share97 Tweet Email Paris facing biggest strike in over a decade as metro workers walk out over pension dispute The city has come to a standstill in parts with cars sitting bumper to bumper and cycle lanes lined with commuters. By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4807564 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Fort raises spirits with 1840s Christmas

first_imgChristmas at Fort Vancouver was a holiday tradition in the 1840s, and it seems to be a tradition again for many local residents.The annual celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the reconstructed fur-trade fort, 1001 E. Fifth St.It will headline a program that includes two events at the Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd. — a Celebration of Birds and the opening of a new exhibit, The River People.Regular entrance fees to the fort will apply.Admission to the Visitor Center is always free.During Christmas at Fort Vancouver, costumed volunteers will provide the sights and sounds of an 1840s fur trade celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Day. It was one of the few times a year that the Hudson’s Bay Company granted leave to all employees. Many spent their time off hunting or fishing, and all would celebrate together by dining and dancing in the fort, according to company archives.Visitors will hear caroling by the Madrigal Singers, drink holiday apple wassail and watch games, demonstrations and dancing.There will be several ongoing Victorian-era craft activities, with the park providing materials for visitors to make wooden toy tops, wreaths and potpourri ornaments.“Families often share with us that making Victorian crafts here has become a holiday tradition,” Superintendent Tracy Fortmann said in a news release.At the Visitor Center:Celebration of Birds, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Special activities for children include building a wooden bird house (limited quantities) and making a pinecone bird feeder. Visitors may enjoy a cup of hot cider and shop for holiday gifts at the Friends of Fort Vancouver Gift Shop.The River People, 2 p.m.: An exhibit featuring work by guest artist Pat Courtney Gold will open. Her creations reflect the traditions of the Wasco Nation. Her work is in collections at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, the Burke Museum in Seattle and the British Museum. There also will be a talk by the artist and a short documentary film highlighting her work.last_img read more

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Trumps new 10 tariff on China could mean pricier phones consoles laptops

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint 1:21 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comment See It Share your voice Best Buy $999 Computers Consoles Components Tablets Phones Stock Market See It See It $999center_img Boost Mobile $999 Tags See it $999 AutoComplete: Chinese tariffs on US vehicles going away,… Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X PlayStations made in China could cost more.  James Martin/CNET US President Donald Trump announced plans Thursday to levy an additional 10% in tariffs against another $300 billion in Chinese goods starting Sep. 1. In a tweet, Trump said this would not include the $250 billion worth of Chinese goods already tariffed at 25%. The tariffs could result in pricier gaming consoles, iPhones and laptops, given that many tech companies using components manufactured in China.”We thought we had a deal with China three months ago, but sadly, China decided to re-negotiate the deal prior to signing. More recently, China agreed to buy agricultural product from the U.S. in large quantities, but did not do so,” Trump tweeted. Earlier in the week, a US delegation met with Chinese trade officials for the first time since the countries reached a truce at the June G-20 Summit, where China committed to buying more US agricultural exports. The day’s 300-point gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average was largely erased following the announcement. Similar drops were seen in the Nasdaq Composite and S&P 500, dampening enthusiastic spurred by the first cut to interest rates by the Federal Reserve in over a decade.  Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 1 Apple iPhone XS Donald Trumplast_img read more

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3 killed in gunfights with law enforcers

first_imgThree persons were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of gunfights in the capital, Munshiganj and Rangpur on Tuesday, reports UNB.In Dhaka, a man was killed after members of Rapid Action Battalion-1 engaged in a gunfight between a group of people, described as drug dealers, by the RAB at Dumni in 300-Feet area in the morning.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.RAB seized yaba pills, a foreign pistol and bullets from the spot.In Munshiganj, a man accused in 11 drug cases was killed in a reported gunfight in Ramsingh area in sadar upazila in the early hours of Tuesday.The deceased was identified as Md Sujon Miah, 36, son of Md Mosharraf Hossain of Gobindanagar.RAB-11 police superintendent Enayet Mannan said, they raided the area acting on a tip off. Sujon and his cohorts fired at RAB, triggering a gunfight.Later, RAB took bullet-hit Sujon to Munshiganj General Hospital where the physician pronounced him dead.A pistol, five bullets, and 1,000 yaba pills were recovered from the spot.In Rangpur, a man accused in a number of cases including rape, murder and abduction, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Purba Echli village in Gangachora upazila around 1:30am.The man was Shahidul Islam Sumon, 35, son of Maheswar Ali, a resident of Ranodeshwar village in Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat.Additional police superintendent Saifur Rahman said that when a police team signalled a motorcycle to stop, the two riders opened fire, triggering a gunfight.Sumon, who suffered gunshot wounds, was arrested after the skirmish but his partner managed to flee. He died when being taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.Police recovered a one-shooter gun and 22 yaba pills from the spot. Gunfight Illustrationlast_img read more

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Tidal Launches Enhanced Credits Feature

first_imgThe expanded credits can be found by: Related On an Artist Page, users can tap on the roles under the artist’s name or scroll down to view the artist’s enhanced credits section. From there, they can select “View All” or a specific role to explore (i.e. Songwriter, Production, Composer, Musician).Tapping on a specific role will filter the track list to display the songs on which that artist has contributed towards in that same capacity.Clicking on the downward arrow on the top-right corner, users can also sort the contributor’s track list by release date, popularity, title, or artist. So, if you want to listen to every Ariana Grande song Pharrell has produced this new feature creates automatic playlists.The new credits pages are available for all Tidal members across desktop, web and mobile app. NFL, Roc Nation to Stage ‘Inspire Change’ Concert With Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor Next Week Tidal, the streaming platform primarily owned by Jay-Z, today announced the release of interactive credit pages, an enhanced feature that expands on the service’s  credit feature. According to the announcement, Tidal members can dive deep into the credits on most releases, ranging from unheralded background singers and lyricists to producers and mixing engineers. The credits are intended to shine at least some light on the less-heralded people who bring music to the masses, and according to the announcement are “just the first step in creating an ecosystem where all contributors to the music making process are highlighted. Tidal is looking forward to working with artists and labels to create an in-depth database of credits.”Tony Gervino, Tidal’s senior VP of culture & content, says, “This is a milestone for Tidal which, at the heart of the platform, is a space for music lovers to connect with their favorite artists in unique ways. As a music streaming service and culture hub, it is important to acknowledge that music is a team sport – it takes a talented crew of sound engineers, lyricists, and band members to make a song stick. We recognize the challenges ahead in creating a thorough and extensive catalogue, but we are excited to take this important step.”center_img Redman Defends Jay-Z’s NFL Partnership: ‘I’m Sure He’s Going to Open More Doors’  ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Phase II for Development of PSMAtargeted Radionuclide Therapy for Prostate Cancer

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Cancer Targeted Technology (CTT), a privately-held Seattle-based biotechnology firm focusing on cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, announced that the National Cancer Institute exercised the $2M Phase II option of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I/II fast-track $2.3M contract to develop a new agent to treat metastatic prostate cancer. The contract develops a promising unique radiotherapeutic drug, CTT1403, that targets Prostate-Specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA). PSMA is over-expressed on prostate cancer and expression increases as the cancer metastasizes and becomes castrate-resistant. CTT’s unique phosphoramidate-based agents, bind irreversibly to PSMA and unlike other agents targeting PSMA, this distinctive mode of binding enhances uptake and internalization by tumor cells leading to increased accumulation of the therapeutic payload and improved efficacy.In the Phase I $300K portion of the contract, conducted earlier in 2016, CTT successfully synthesized, tested and identified its lead drug, CTT1403. In addition to the PSMA targeting core, CTT1403 incorporates a chemical motif to increase circulation time, increase tumor uptake and decrease any binding to normal tissues. CTT1403, labeled with lutetium-177, demonstrated excellent circulation times in animal studies and cured 75% of mice implanted with human prostate tumors. CTT is working with Carolyn Anderson, M.D., professor of medicine, at University of Pittsburgh, to evaluate CTT1403 in mouse models of prostate cancer.Anderson commented: “We are excited to continue our collaboration with CTT. The data from the first phase of the contract are promising, and we look forward to furthering this investigation to translate CTT1403 into human studies.”The Phase II $2M portion advances CTT1403 into Investigational New Drug (IND) enabling studies, including manufacturing, additional pharmacology and safety assessments. These IND studies will support the initial clinical trial in metastatic prostate cancer. CTT’s strategic plan to identify, target, treat and monitor metastatic prostate cancer, employs CTT1403 as a companion therapeutic agent to CTT’s diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography (PET) agent, CTT1057, that commenced clinical trials in November 2016 to image metastatic sites in patients with prostate cancer.“We have rationally designed CTT1403 to maximize tumor uptake, while minimizing side effects, and the drug is demonstrating exceptional targeting to prostate tumors in animal models,” stated Beatrice Langton-Webster, Ph.D., CEO of CTT and Principal Investigator on the contract. “We were very excited to see substantial increases in survival times in mice implanted with human prostate tumors. CTT1403 holds great promise as a treatment that will result in meaningful increases in life expectancy for men suffering from prostate cancer.”For more information: www.cancertargetedtechnology.com/ FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RADlast_img read more

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Pacific Princess Return to Australia

first_imgPacific Princess Return to Australia B&W Photo Credit Henderson/Cremer CollectionPacific Princess Return to AustraliaPrincess Cruises has announced Pacific Princess will join its record 2020-2021 summer line-up in Australia, with the boutique ship offering local cruisers a range of unique itineraries and maiden calls during its four-month deployment.On sale Thursday July 11 for Princess Elite guests and available for general sale on Friday July 12, Pacific Princess’ program will include an epic 90-day roundtrip voyage from Sydney around South America, a 13-night cruise visiting ports on New Zealand’s north and south islands and a special 21-night sailing to remote locations in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.Across the program, the 670-guest ship will make 15 maiden calls, including the cruise line’s inaugural visits to Kaikoura and New Plymouth in New Zealand, Wewak and Gizo Island in the Soloman Islands and Madang in Papua New Guinea, as well as its first call to to New Zealand’s Stewart Island on a cruise from Australia.Revealing details of the deployment, Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific Stuart Allison said Pacific Princess’ return to Australia reflected strong demand for Princess Cruises’ holidays, with six Princess ships based Down Under for the first time ever over the 2020-21 summer, representing one-third of its global fleet.The December arrival of Pacific Princess will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Princess Cruises’ first roundtrip cruise from Australia, a voyage on the original Pacific Princess which starred in the popular TV series ‘The Love Boat’.Mr Allison said the cruise line planned to mark the anniversary on Pacific Princess’ first cruise of the season, its New Zealand voyage departing December 21, 2020.“Pacific Princess was christened in Australia and became a popular favourite amongst Australian cruisers, offering the first premium cruise experience in the region. We can’t wait to welcome her back to our shores and celebrate our 45th anniversary at the same time,” Mr Allison said.The addition of Pacific Princess means Australians will have an unprecedented choice of Princess ships sailing from their doorstep over the 2020-21 summer, from the cruise line’s smallest ship, the 30,277-tonne Pacific Princess, to two of its largest ships – the 143,700-tonne Majestic Princess and 142,200-tonne Regal Princess.With Sapphire Princess, Sun Princess and Sea Princess also sailing in local waters, Princess Cruises will further cement its position as Australia’s biggest cruise line, offering almost 25 per cent more beds across the summer than any other cruise line in Australia.Mr Allison said highlights of the new Pacific Princess’ program included:A 90-day circumnavigation of South America featuring more than 25 ports including five destinations new to Princess’ cruising from Australia –Santos, llhabela and Natal in Brazil, Guayaquil in Ecuador and the Caribbean Island of Grenada – as well as overnight visits to Buenos Aires, Lima and two days in Rio de Janiero at the start of Carnival. Overland options to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu will also be on offer. Sailing from Sydney on January 3, 2021, the cruise is priced from $22,499* per person twin share with an early booking benefit of up to $2,000 onboard credit per stateroom.A 21-night cruise to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands visiting remote destinations including Alotau and Conflict Islands and featuring the cruise line’s maiden visits to Madang, Wewak and Gizo Island. Departing April 3, 2021, fares start from $4299* per person twin share.A 13-night cruise to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful ports including Princess’ first cruise from Australia to Stewart Island in the south, and visits to Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Kaikoura, Picton and New Plymouth. Fares for the voyage departing Sydney on December 21, 2020 start from $3199* per person.The program also includes a 24-night voyage from Sydney to Tokyo departing April 24, 2021 calling at ports in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan’s Okinawa Island with fares from $3499* per person.Pacific Princess has been voted the best small-mid sized ship by Cruise Critic cruisers in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.For more information, see a licensed travel agent; call 13 24 88 or visit www.princess.comSource = Princess Cruiseslast_img read more

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New Survey Forecasts Decline in June New Home Sales

first_imgNew Survey Forecasts Decline in June New Home Sales July 11, 2013 441 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Processing Purchase Loans Service Providers 2013-07-11 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img The “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA) released another new monthly survey measuring mortgage loan application activity on new single-family properties for lenders affiliated with homebuilders.[IMAGE]The Builder Application Survey (BAS), unveiled on Thursday, was created to capture application trends as an early indicator of new home sales. While the MBA has a weekly survey measuring purchase application data, that index is more closely aligned with trends in existing-home sales, which are which are often reported 45 days or more after the initial contract signing and application.””In contrast, the Census Bureau’s estimate of new home sales is based on initial contract signings, which most often occur around the same time as the mortgage application,”” said Mike Fratantoni, VP of research and economics for the association. “”This is why we believe the new Builder Application Survey should track closely with, and predict, new home sales.””According to MBA, the inaugural survey for June 2013 shows mortgage applications for new home purchases declined 15 percent compared to May. The change doesn’t include any adjustment for typical seasonal patterns.By product type, conventional loans made up 67.3 percent of loan applications; loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) composed 17.4 percent, loans insured by Rural Housing Services (RHS) or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made up 1.9 percent, and loans insured by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made up 13.4 percent. The average loan size for new home purchases was $283,000 in June, a decline of $795 from May.Using information from the survey and other assumptions regarding market coverage, MBA estimates that sales of new single-family homes were running at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 413,000 in June. On an unadjusted basis, the group estimates there were 39,000 new home sales. Sharelast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals released veteran running back Chris Johnson on Friday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. 25 Comments   Share   Johnson also previously spent time with the New York Jets in 2014.As for the rest of the Cardinals running backs, Arizona boasts superstar David Johnson, along with Andre Ellington, Kerwynn Williams, Elijhaa Penny, James Summers and the injured T.J. Logan. Of course, that situation could change as cuts continue.center_img Cardinals released veteran RB Chris Johnson, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2017Johnson, 31, played for the Cardinals for the last two seasons, appearing in 15 games and rushing for just over 900 yards. The former All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler once ran for more than 2,000 yards in 2009 with the Tennessee Titans, but finds himself as a free agent as NFL teams near the requirement to cut their rosters down to 53 players. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson (23) is hit by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler the Privat

first_imgHong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineMandarin Oriental, Miami introduces “Latin Rhythms,” a room and spa package specially designed for travelers seeking to experience the city’s Latin beat first-hand.The program begins in the hotel’s Five-Star Spa with a refreshing exfoliation using lime and mint, followed by a citrus-infused Aroma Stone massage using heated stones to relieve deep-seated muscle tension creating a sense of balance and calm. The massage is accented with choice of body oil infused with either clove or citrus spice. Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a healthy signature bento box lunch of Latin and Asian infused flavors with a signature Spa Mojito cocktail at the infinity-edge swimming pool overlooking Biscayne Bay. Additionally, guests can learn the moves of Samba at a private class exploring this popular Brazilian dance.As always, guests will enjoy all the comforts and amenities of Mandarin Oriental – world-class accommodations, unrivaled levels of service and state-of-the-art facilities including Oasis Beach Club with a private white sand beach and innovative restaurants and bars.The “Latin Rhythms” package adds an array of Latin-inspired offerings to the guests’ overall Miami experience including:* Luxurious accommodations* American breakfast daily* Lime & Mint exfoliation* Citrus-infused Aroma Stone massage (80 minutes) www.mandarinoriental.comlast_img read more

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